MUSIC: Rosanne Raneri @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. With Bryan Thomas. This is a rare pairing of two of the area’s most talented, yet most elusive singer-songwriters in an intimate theater setting. 8pm. $15.
MUSIC: Roy Zimmerman @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. Satire and song come together with an unmistakable lefty slant when the biting musical satirist presents “Live From the Starving Ear.” 7:30pm. $22.
PERFORMANCE: Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir’s “Declaration of the Occupation” @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. A roof-raising musical “sermon” about the evils of corporate consumerism by the activist-performance artist-street preacher. Can I get an “Amen”? 8pm. $10.
MUSIC: A Tribute to Hazel Dickens @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. A benefit concert for the Caffe featuring John Kirk & Trish Miller, Linda Schrade & Dave Kiphuth, Kevin Maul & Peggy LeCuyer and Johnny & Annie Rosen. 8pm. $20.
OPERA ON FILM: “La Traviata” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The Metropolitan Opera’s production of the great Verdi classic featuring Natalie Dessay, Matthew Polenzani and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. 1pm. $25; students $15.
FILM: “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director David Gelbs examines the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef, who operates Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. 7:30pm. $7; students $5.
COMEDY: The Nobodies of Comedy @ Proctors, Schenectady. Andrew Schulz, Andy Pitz, James Davis, Phil Hanley and Tony Deyo… Ok, so maybe you’ve never heard of them. That’s why they’re the nobodies of comedy. 8pm. $20, $24, $26 & $28.
DANCE: Susan Sgorbati: Emergent Improvisation @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Observe dancers in an open studio session as they address Sgorbati’s concept of the emergent process, and witness how patterns naturally emerge through improvisation in dance and music. 4pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Marco Benevento @ Red Square, Albany. touring in support of his latest album “Between the Needles & Nightfall” and a new seven-inch featuring “Escape Horse” and “Fireworks,” forward-think rock pianist rolls into town. With Tauk. 9pm. $16.
DANCE: The Nacre Dance Company @ the Shaker Heritage Society, Albany. The company will perform Doris Humphrey’s 1930 modern dance classic “Shaker,” inspired by Shaker hymns and dances. 1pm. $5 donation.
DANCE: Nacre @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. Guest choreographer Heather Acomb premieres her new work “Of Harmony and Chaos.” Also Doris Humphrey’s “Air for the G-String” and “Shakers”; Ruth Currier’s “Brandenburg Concerto #4”; and excerpts from May O’Donnell’s “Dance Sonata.” With artists from the American Dance Legacy Institute. 8pm. $20; students & seniors $15. Through Sunday.